Somewhere in Fred Phelps‘ crazy, crazy brain, a tiny insane little voice piped up and said, “Hey, you know what gets us attention? Claiming God hates famous people.” And thus the good people at the Westboro Baptist Church were sent to scrounge around for the last few people they haven’t used yet. For some reason, they decided to go indie, so here comes the crazy about how God hates Ben Gibbard of Deathcab for Cutie. I mean yeah, they were king of ruined by The O.C. a couple years back, but come on … how can you full-blown HATE Deathcab for Cutie? Here’s Ben’s reaction from The A/V Club:
I long ago blocked all the people who would tweet me terrible homophobic things. I don’t need that negativity in my “@” mentions. I don’t know, I suppose a number of people will be at our shows with signs. The Westboro Baptist Church as an organization is a perfect example to use when you’re talking about the strengths of free speech. I abhor everything they’re doing, but they have the right to be doing it. As painful as it is to say, I’d rather live in a country where people can voice that kind of outrageousness. As long as they keep it legal, they can do what they choose.
Isn’t weird how the WBC never seems to go after the non-famous? It almost seems like they’re just purposely going after famous people because deep down, these guys are essentially the Courtney Stodden of religion: they’re not really sure what they’re doing, but they know if they say enough crazy-wrapped-in-Biblical-allegories, people will pay attention to them.